Be the kind of leader people would follow voluntarily
The main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them while managers have people who work for them. A successful business needs to have both a strong leader and manager to get their team on board to follow them towards their vision of success.
You can become a leader people actually want to follow, not just a leader people follow because they think they have to.
Here are some tips to be a leader people aspire to become:
1. Lead with humility
2. Take responsibility
3. Have a compelling vision
4. Be Supportive
Great leaders are of service, because at the heart of their leadership they know the true value of others. Always follow the Golden Rule and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
5. Be consistent
Leaders set the tone for how others conduct themselves.If you are not consistent, those around you follow that cue. If you are not reliable, others feel uncomfortable and tentative. It is the essence of consistency that makes others want to follow you.
6. The best proof of leadership is trust
People want to follow leaders who are trustworthy—those whose behaviour is genuine and who never leave others guessing. Make sure people can rely on you to be fair and consistent.
7. Show you care
Great leaders understand the importance of personal connection and attention. Show you care with everything you say and do, and let people know they matter. Listen to them, talk to them, provide them with feedback.
8. Give respect
Are you the kind of leader people want to follow?
Being a leader carries a lot of responsibility.
Often there’s too much to do in very little time.
We can become the kind of leader others want to follow.
We only have to learn what is at the heart of every leader:
We must lead from within.